Rosemary Homeister Jr.
Rosemary Heomeister Jr. was born July 5, 1972, in Hollywood, Fla. Her mother and father were both jockeys. Her father James Homeister won more than 500 races in the late 40's and 50's. Her mother rode races in the mid 70's when woman were just breaking into the racing industry as jockeys. Rosemary was raised around race horses and was taught at a very young age how to ride. Her career began at Calder Race Course on March 20, 1992. A short time later, she moved her tack to Monmouth Park, where she was that track's leading apprentice jockey for two straight seasons 1992-1993. She won her first stakes race on her 20th birthday. She was the first woman to win the Eclipse Award as Outstanding Apprentice Jockey that year. In 2003, she became, the first jockey to win the Babe Didrikson Zaharias award. She has won riding titles at Calder, Hialeah and Colonial Downs. She briefly retired from the saddle in 2004 to pursue a career in real estate but was soon lured back to the track. Among her biggest wins are the Grade III Kent Stakes at Delaware Park, the Grade III Kentucky Cup Turf, Grade II McKnight Handicap and Grade III Sycamore Stakes aboard Cloudy's Knight aboard who she finished second in the Breeders' Cup Marathon at Santa Anita Park.